the same but different

I’ve been blogging long enough now that I sometimes draw outfit inspiration from myself. Case in point: I wore an outfit very similar to this about two years ago, right after my son was born.

I remembered that outfit recently and decided to re-create it with newer items in my wardrobe. I traded out the wool skirt (which has since been donated–it wasn’t very practical for our mild winters) for a suede skirt in the same color; I also switched out the booties for some comfy mules. The end result was an outfit in which I felt comfortable and relatively put together. Unfortunately, campus was pretty deserted due to the holiday, so no one got to see my outfit…guess I’ll just have to wear it again next week!

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar, similar // faux suede skirt: Sanctuary, similar, similar // black mule booties: dv by Dolce Vita, similar, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar, similar

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just another tuesday

I’ll be honest and say that there isn’t anything terribly exciting about this outfit. How’s that for a hook? But I decided to take pictures just to get back in the habit after taking a brief hiatus following the Common Threads Challenge.

It’s hard to believe that there was once a time in my life when I was unwilling to wear black and brown together…EVER. Now, I do it on the daily; it’s kind of my thing. I think this outfit would have been a bit too boring if I had stuck with only black as the neutral. The cognac boots and bag seem to add a sense of “warmth” if that makes any sense. Stay tuned for more (interesting) outfit posts!

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar, similar // plum cardigan: Gap Factory, exact, similar // black skinny jeans: Wit & Wisdom, exact, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // tan mule booties: Dolce Vita, exact, similar // reversible tote: Nordstrom, exact, similar

common threads challenge: week 4

We’ve made it to the end of the Common Threads Challenge! This last week wasn’t much of a struggle actually, mostly because colder weather finally arrived–that opened up all sorts of layering options!

Monday: chambray shirt

I had an important presentation to give on this day, so I wanted to wear a dress, but I also wanted to wear my chambray shirt…so I wore both! I think this ended up being a nice balance between being “put together” but still casual. I need to remember to layer with dresses more often.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // striped dress: J.Crew Factory, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact

Tuesday: black knit blazer

Red is an accent color I typically wear quite often, but I’ve been neglecting it for this whole challenge. So, I decided to bust out my bright red pants for a change of pace. I love the vibrant color of these pants (I think Loft called them “fireball red”), but it means I need to keep the rest of the outfit pretty neutral.

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // white lace top: J.Crew Factory, similar // red pants: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Wednesday: cognac booties

I find myself pinning a lot of looks that involve pink, ivory, and olive, so I decided to put that color palette into action. I’m pretty psyched that it’s finally blanket scarf season 😉

ivory open cardigan: Merona, similar // ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // pink blanket scarf: Ann Taylor, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Thursday: olive tee

I wasn’t totally pleased with my olive tee outfit last week, so I decided to try again with slightly different pieces. This time, I subbed the skinny jeans for white jeans and traded the cardigan for my field jacket. I like this look much better!

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // purple field jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Friday: burgundy skirt

Camel is one of my favorite colors to wear this time of year, particularly because it pairs well with so many other fall colors, including burgundy. And it delights me to no end that my sweater matches my leopard flats so perfectly.

camel sweater: J.Crew, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar

Monday: burgundy skirt

Another Monday, another “professional occasion”–this time, a conference on metabolism and cancer. I wanted to try a new color combination involving burgundy, so tried out gray.

gray sweater: J.Crew, similar // polka dot shirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black dial watch: Wristology, exact

Tuesday: chambray shirt

Seeing as it was Halloween and all, I decided that I needed some orange in my outfit. I’ve had this pin sitting on my “what to wear” board forever, and this seemed like a good occasion to try it out.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // orange cardigan: J.Crew, similar // black pants: Banana Republic Factory, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar


I had a lot of fun choosing this week’s outfits–so that’s definitely a win! I plan on posting a final re-cap with all 22 of my CTC outfits and a few reflections on the experience.

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common threads challenge: week 3

I’ve got another round of outfits from the Common Threads Challenge to share with you today! The further along we get in this challenge, the more I’m relying on Pinterest and other bloggers for styling ideas–my own creativity is just about tapped out at this point. But I’m actually enjoying looking to others for inspiration!

Monday: black knit blazer

Chilly fall temperatures arrived rather abruptly last week, so I struggled a bit with how to wear this blazer. It was a typical fall day in that it started out in the 40s, but was in the mid-70s by the afternoon, so I decided that a thick knit dress with knee-high boots was a good compromise between the two temperature extremes. It’s difficult to see, but I also added my elephant necklace for fun. (You can see a closer picture of the necklace in this post).

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // striped sweatshirt dress: Merona, similar // cognac knee-high boots: Timberland, similar // gold elephant necklace: Ann Taylor, similar

Tuesday: cognac booties

I actually stole the outfit for this idea from Alex–I loved how the navy gingham, olive, and white denim looked together, so I pretty much copied the look exactly. I hope she doesn’t mind 😉 I liked the way this outfit turned out, and it makes me want to incorporate white jeans into more of my outfits this winter.

navy gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory, almost exact // olive utility jacket: Old Navy, exact // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Wednesday: olive tee

I’ll be real here and say this is my least favorite outfit of the week. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to devote to planning this outfit (or photographing it…) due to a sick toddler and a gynecologist appointment I really didn’t want to skip. The cardigan has more of a burgundy hue to it than these pictures suggest (this seems to be a recurring problem with my camera). The cardigan is also just not in good shape and shorter than I prefer…so it might be destined for the donate pile.

burgundy open front cardigan: Merona, similar // olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // skinny jeans: BP, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Thursday: burgundy skirt

For this outfit, I turned to Pinterest for a little guidance. I found this pin, and I liked the look of black heels with the blue shirt and burgundy pants. I tried out the color combination myself, and I think it works! I went full-on preppy with some pearl earrings and my Kate Spade watch.

blue button-up shirt: Lands’ End, exact // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Friday: chambray shirt

I decided to get a bit more creative with how I wore my chambray shirt this week by layering it under another tee. It’s hard to go wrong with stripes, right?

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar // chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // black skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac suede wedge booties: White Mountain, almost exact // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar


So, I think I’ve reached the sweet spot of the challenge–the point when I’ve exhausted my “standard” combinations and start trying new things. It’s at this point that I start to realize the versatility of each item in my closet. Here’s hoping the trend continues for these last few days of the CTC!

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